Sunday, September 20, 2009

BMW Vision Concept

Today's post is about BMW's vision of the future.....BMW's Vision Concept (Vision) which is BMW's 2 + 2 turbo diesel hybrid. As I mentioned in previous posts, the German manufacturers are developing a number of diesel hybrids which will get excellent mileage.

The Vision is a plug-in hybrid with a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder turbo diesel with 163 h.p. Additional power is provided by motors...the front and back electric motors provide additional power to a maximum of 356 h.p. and 590 lbs of torque.

The battery packs consist of 98 lithium-polymer cells which weight only 190 lbs and are housed in the center tunnel. The batteries can be recharged in 2.5 hours when connected to a 220 volt electric source.

The chassis is built with aluminum, and the roof and body panels are a polycarbonate material. Light weight was one of the major design objectives of the designers. The Vision is an all wheel drive vehicle in electric mode.

The Vision has some interesting features such as a three dimensional heads-up display and BMW night vision. Those are features that GM developed over ten years ago.

BMW has not announced anticipated mileage for the Vision! But a turbo diesel electric hybrid is anticipated to get substantially better mileage than a gasoline electric hybrid.


This is another step in the electric car revolution! This is one of many new hybrids and full electric cars on the drawing boards. The styling will never make production but many of the design elements will!


  1. Hi Pete,
    Good info! This looks like something out of I Robot. I like where cars are going in the future. What is your take on electric cars? Keep up the great info, because we love it!
    Dr. Bob Moulas

  2. Hello Dr. Bob,

    I did not think of it but the Vision would have been appropriate for that move.

    Regarding electric cars, I am of the opinion that we are going to see major increases in battery technology. Those improvements will allow auto manufacturers to build some impressive electric cars.

    So hybrids will be around for a while followed by fully electric cars. It will take a five to ten years for this to happen.

    Thanks for your kind comments!

    Pete Baca
    The Car Enthusiast Online

  3. Hello Peter,

    The look of this car is very different. Nice to look at. It is nice to think that they are going in this direction. To bad they can not put solar into the car to recharge the batteries as you drive during the day. Now that would be something.

    Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

  4. Hi Dan & Deanna,

    The new BMW shows the direction that BMW is going technically.....turbo diesel hybrids are going to be the next wave from the German automobile manufacturers.

    The Fisker Karma has a solar roof as an option. That vehicle was featured on my 7/24 post! In the future...there will be many cars that will come equipped with solar cells.

    Thank you for your comment!

    Pete Baca
    The Car Enthusiast Online

  5. Hello Peter,

    Thank you for answering the question. That will save a lot.

    Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

  6. Hi pete .. looks great - but my first thoughts were of the Knight Rider car .. not David Hasselhof! where it's talking to me as it scans with the blue front .. sheer imagination!

    Does seem rather special ..but I can't say I want to stop for 2.5 hours on a six hour journey .. because the batteries won't last. I'm sure this will improve - looks beautiful though ..

    Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

  7. Hi peter some idiot is selling this car on for 300,000 GBP. Have a look at the link